Most minor league ballplayers will spend the offseason training and conditioning to get ready for reporting for Spring Training but Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer is not like the rest of minor league players.
He could be coaching aspiring pitchers at baseball clinics but instead, he’s spending his offseason as a substitute teacher for the third season in a row in his hometown of Greensburg, Indiana.
I had the chance to talk with Meyer during spring training this year but teaching was not a subject that came up.
It’s admirable of a first round draft pick to give back in this way. Does he see himself as a teacher in the event that his baseball career does not pan out?
“Being able to be a substitute teacher puts me in a real-life atmosphere and lets me know if this is something I really want to do or not,” he said. “So far, it is.”
A former pitcher for the Kentucky Wildcats, Meyer was drafted by the Washington Nationals as the 23rd overall player of the 2011 MLB Draft before being traded to the Minnesota Twins this past offseason.
How did the idea come about? Meyer was bored with nothing to do and his mother, who works in the school superintendent’s office, suggested the idea.
Meyer plans to sub again during the next offseason, even if he makes his major league debut in 2014.